Fishing

Clam digs today, Sunday on 3 coastal beaches

There are two razor clam digs this weekend at three coastal beaches, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced recently.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch beaches will be open in the morning today and Sunday.

The beaches open at 9:12 a.m. today and 9:56 a.m. on Sunday and no digging is permitted after noon. There was also a dig Friday morning.

Harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they take, according to WDFW rules. Each digger must use a separate container.

A fishing license to dig razor clams or a razor clam-only license is required for all diggers 15 and older.

Some areas are closed at Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches to protect nesting western snowy plovers, a threatened species, said Dan Ayres of the WDFW.

“Signs clearly mark the area and instruct people to stay on the hard-packed sand,” Ayres said.

Salt water

Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina report says the fishing has picked up this week. The staff recommends fishing near Quartermaster Harbor and Dalco Passage if the weather is decent.

South Sound: The staff at Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina says there haven’t been many anglers on the water in the last week because of wind.

However, there have been reports of some catch-and-release anglers having success landing cutthroat along the beaches.

North Sound: Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center near Lynnwood says the action has been slow but some early chinook have started to show up.

Lakes

American: David Anderson of Bill’s Boathouse says he hasn’t received recent reports from boat anglers but says the action has been good off the docks. One angler caught his limit Thursday using a bobber and worm and Power Bait.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House says it’s a good time for boat anglers to have success because the lake was stocked with trout on Thursday. He recommends trolling with a Wedding Ring and worm in the top 5 feet of water. Dock fishing has been spotty.

Mayfield: Dropping Power Bait and nightcrawlers to the bottom of the lake seems to be the best way to get the trout to bite right now.

Washington: The action continues to be slow here. “They have been really scratching just to get a few trout per day,” Chamberlain said. “You’re really going to have to work at it a little bit, but as the temperatures warm up things should start to turn.”

Chelan: The action has been solid in the lower basin for trout fishermen. Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service suggests using a U20 luminous chartreuse Flatfish.

Lowland lakes opener: The state’s lowland lakes will open for the season on April 24, the WDFW announced.

Eastern Washington: Chamberlain says the best lake fishing in the state continues to be on the east side. He recommends Dry Falls Lake and the lakes below the Pot Holes Reservoir.

Lone: Trout fishing has been good on this Whidbey Island lake with some anglers reporting 20-inch catches.

Goodwin: Try using Power Bait or a marshmallow and egg. The action has been solid in recent days.

Rivers

Columbia: Things have really heated up here in recent weeks. About a third of boat anglers caught chinook, according to a recent state sampling. Head to the Dalles Pool if you want to go sturgeon fishing.

Cowlitz: The river is low but clear and fishing is best at the barrier dam. Try using eggs or shrimp. Steelhead fishing is starting to heat up.

Kalama: Wayne Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler says the water level is dropping with about 3 feet of visibility. “It’s been great for two weeks in terms of bringing fish in,” Orzel said.

Olympic Coast: Anglers reportedly are catching summer-run steelhead on the Hoh River. Other coastal rivers are also producing catches.

Yakima: Fly-fishing has been good, Chamberlain reported.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497

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